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Lost Dutchman’s Gold Hike

February 2nd, 2008

here are a few pics from our hike today through the superstition mountains. this is the location of the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold” mine but unfortunately we didn’t find it…lol. here’s a little story about the mine:

The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (also known by many similar names) is reportedly a very rich gold mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, Arizona, east of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The land is a designated Wilderness Area, and mining is now prohibited there.

The mine is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz (“Dutchman” was a common, though inaccurate, American slang term for “German,” derived from the German-language word for “German” — “Deutsch”). It is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history: Arizona place-name expert Byrd Granger notes that, as of 1977, the Lost Dutchman story was printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of Captain Kidd’s lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg Mine in California. Robert Blair notes that people have been seeking the Lost Dutchman mine since at least 1892 (Blair, 12), while Granger writes that according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman’s mine. (Granger, 99). Former Arizona attorney general Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine. Others have argued the mine has little or no basis in fact and is a legend, though as noted below, Blair argues that all the main components of the story have at least some basis in fact.

According to many versions of the tale, the mine is either cursed, or protected by enigmatic guardians who wish to keep the mine’s location a secret.

we only made it half way up the mountain today but we plan on hiking to the top very soon.

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